MANILA, Philippines?A teenager attending a Black Nazarene procession was killed while three others were injured in an attack Sunday evening by a shotgun-wielding man.
Kevin Solomon, 17, of unit 309 Sambahayan sa Rawis Building 1, Santa Fe Street, Barangay (village) 118, Tondo, was declared dead on arrival by attending doctors at the Mary Johnston Hospital, due to a gunshot wound in the chest.
Another boy attending the procession, Jayson Mendoza, 14, of Interior 1, Panday Pira Extension in Tondo, was hit in the nape by a stray pellet that had gone through Solomon?s body. He remains confined at the Mary Johnston Hospital.
Two other men were reportedly hurt in the shooting after they sustained stray pellet wounds in the body, but Manila Police District (MPD) homicide section investigators were not able to identify them nor were they able to determine which hospital they were taken to.
Police Officer 2 Joseph Kabigting, case investigator, said the assault on Solomon happened at around 8 p.m., Sunday, at the corner of Panday Pira and Lacson Streets in Tondo.
Kabigting revealed that before the shooting, Solomon, Mendoza, and the two other men were attending the barangay-organized procession of the Black Nazarene, an icon of Jesus Christ particularly popular among working-class Filipinos. Solomon was ambling along with the crowd when a man approached him from behind and shot him in the back with a sumpak (homemade shotgun) at close range.
The attacker immediately fled. Solomon and the four injured were rushed to the nearest hospital, where the teenager died.
Homicide investigators are still hunting for the gunman and trying to determine the motive for the attack.